ENERGY STAR: Ranking the Top U.S. Cities

Wed, 2012-04-25 12:57

The ENERGY STAR program, administered by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), recently released a list of the top U.S. cities with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings for 2011. The program allows building owners and managers to track a building’s energy performance. Certified buildings on average use 35% less energy and produce 35% fewer carbon emissions.

2011 saw an large increase in the number of ENERGY STAR certified buildings, totalling 16,500. The top 10 cities with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings in 2011 are listed below, along with their respective number of certified buildings:

1. Los Angeles (659)

2. Washington, D.C. (404)

3. Atlanta (359)

4. Chicago (294)

5. San Francisco (270)

6. New York (261)

7. Houston (231)

8. Dallas-Fort Worth (178)

9. Riverside, CA (164)

10. Boston (161)

It is worth noting that the results above closely resemble a report by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), which administers the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, another green building certification. These two program, ENERGY STAR and LEED, are not mutually exclusive, however, as some LEED ratings systems such as LEED for Homes and LEED Existing Buildings: Operations and Management (EBOM) include ENERGY STAR certification as a compliance measure for energy efficiency performance.

While LEED and ENERGY STAR work together in some cases, Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) Home Energy Raters work exclusively to add home energy ratings to existing and new homes. As of January 1, 2012, a new version of ENERGY STAR, titled Version 3, is now required for all homes seeking an ENERGY STAR rating. Builders, raters, HVAC contractors, and field inspectors are all now required to complete ENERGY STAR Version 3 training in order to work on/inspect homes seeking the rating. Everblue recently added ENERGY STAR Version 3 training, which can be taken in either a classroom or online webinar format. To learn more about the program and the training offered, please visit Everblue’s ENERGY STAR Version 3 Training page or contact us at 800-460-2575.

By Peter J. Bock

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